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Los Alamos National Laboratory Systems Engineer (R&D Engineer 3) in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do

The W78 Systems Engineering Group (W-3) is responsible for technical and programmatic oversight of matters pertaining to the Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) W78 Nuclear Weapon System. The selected candidate will provide general system engineering support within the W78 System Engineering Group. This role includes oversight of the engineering, management, integration, and sustainment of the W78 nuclear explosive package (NEP) through its remaining lifecycle.

Responsibilities for this position include, but are not limited to:

  • Primary responsibility will be to serve as the W78 system lead on the integrated surety architecture (ISA) project.

  • Provide engineering expertise for local and joint test experiments in support of the W78.

  • Provide general system engineering support for W78 sustainment.

  • Provide engineering expertise to resolve W78 technical and programmatic issues as they arise.

  • Interface with comparable colleagues at other laboratories and Production Agencies (PAs), National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), Department of Defense (DoD), principally the United States Air Force (USAF) and their contractors.

  • Represent LANL at Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) Sustainment Project Officer’s Group (POG) subgroup meetings as deemed necessary by the W-3 Group Leader.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

Weapons Engineering

Knowledge of systems engineering principles and practices.Demonstrated experience with one of the following: engineering design, fabrication, or testing. Familiarity with basic principles associated with the design, development, qualification, certification, assembly, production, surveillance, and/or testing of a component or system. Familiarity with relevant classification guidance and demonstrate commitment to Laboratory goals in assuring the security of classified information.

Operations Support

Demonstrated record of developing and fostering successful cross organizational teams to solve complex problems. Demonstrated ability to meet schedule and deliverables for multiple concurrent projects with a range of priorities. Demonstrated ability to work independently with minimum supervision. A frequent amount of travel may be required due to programmatic complexity and frequent interactions with various NNSA and United States Air Force customers as well as National Security Enterprise (NSE) Production Agencies (PAs).


Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills; demonstrated ability to interact effectively with all levels of Laboratory personnel including internal and external customers, as well as experience with conflict resolution.

Desired Qualifications:

Weapons Experience

Knowledge of nuclear weapons and the U.S. stockpile. Functional knowledge of the W78 or other weapon systems, component design, development, qualification, assembly, production, surveillance, or high explosives. Familiarity with weapon systems mechanical and electrical interfaces. Demonstrated experience with assembly and /or disassembly practices applicable to the W78 or other weapon systems.

Systems Engineering Tools

Familiarity with computer-aided design tools such as CREO and associated model-based system engineering design techniques. Knowledge of subsystem and system qualification testing practices. Knowledge of engineering authorization systems, document management systems (e.g., PDM Link or like software) and applications to stockpile maintenance and configuration management.


Applicants must currently hold, or have the ability to obtain a Q clearance, which normally requires U.S. citizenship.

Education/Experience : Educational requirement is an advanced degree from an accredited engineering college or university program.An MS or PhD in mechanical, aerospace, electrical, civil, system engineering or engineering mechanics preferred.

Additional Details

Clearance: Q (Position will be cleared to this level). Applicants selected will be subject to a Federal background investigation and must meet eligibility requirements

  • for access to classified matter.

  • Eligibility requirements: To obtain a clearance, an individual must be at least 18 years of age; U.S. citizenship is required except in very limited circumstances. See DOE Order 472.2 for additional information.

New-Employment Drug Test: The Laboratory requires successful applicants to complete a new-employment drug test and maintains a substance abuse policy that includes random drug testing.

Regular position: Term status Laboratory employees applying for regular-status positions are converted to regular status.

Internal Applicants: Regular appointment employees who have served at least one year of continuous service in their current position are eligible to apply for posted jobs throughout the Laboratory. If an employee has not served the one year of continuous service, they may only apply for Laboratory jobs with the documented approval of their Division Leader.Please refer to Laboratory Policy P701 for applicant eligibility requirements.

Equal Opportunity: Los Alamos National Laboratory is an equal opportunity employer and supports a diverse and inclusive workforce. All employment practices are based on qualification and merit, without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation or preference, marital status or spousal affiliation, physical or mental disability, medical conditions, pregnancy, status as a protected veteran, genetic information, or citizenship within the limits imposed by federal laws and regulations. The Laboratory is also committed to making our workplace accessible to individuals with disabilities and will provide reasonable accommodations, upon request, for individuals to participate in the application and hiring process. To request such an accommodation, please send an email to applyhelp@lanl.gov or call 1-505-665-4444 option 1.

Where You Will Work

Located in beautiful northern New Mexico, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security. Our generous benefits package includes:

§ PPO or High Deductible medical insurance with the same large nationwide network

§ Dental and vision insurance

§ Free basic life and disability insurance

§ Paid maternity and parental leave

§ Award-winning 401(k) (6% matching plus 3.5% annually)

§ Learning opportunities and tuition assistance

§ Flexible schedules and time off (paid sick, vacation, and holidays)

§ Onsite gyms and wellness programs

§ Extensive relocation packages (outside a 50 mile radius)

Appointment Type



Contact Details
Contact Name Vonharders, Jeremy E
Email jeremyv@lanl.gov
Work Telephone 505-665-5993
Vacancy Name: IRC80292
Organization Name W-3/W78 Systems Engineering
Minimum Salary 101000
Maximum Salary 168600
Req ID: IRC80292
Category: Engineering